He is a tall, young man with eyes that seem to take in everything around him. Renn Leber patiently awaits his turn to submit his entry for the homemaking judging in the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds. Leber said, “I'm a bit sad because this will be the last year I will be able to compete in the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.”

Renn is competing with his chickens for his last showing. He has 16 chickens, of which he will choose the best three to submit for judging. While he appears confident, he is not overconfident. He is a humble young man who knows that the final decision is in the judges hands.

Aside from competing in the livestock show for the last eight years, Renn has other interests that also occupy his time. He is involved in Boy Scouts and is an active participant in his local church where he is a part of the youth group and has attended conferences with them. He has been shooting trap and skeet for about as long as he has been competing in the livestock show.

As a senior at Banquete High School, Renn enjoys playing baritone saxophone in the school band. He is also looking forward to hitting the links in his last year as a member of the varsity golf team. He has been playing golf for three to four years and has been on the team for the last two. He says that his scores tend to be in the mid 90's

Next fall he plans to attend UTSA in San Antonio, Texas where he would like to major in Mechanical Engineering. Of all the schools available to him he chose UTSA because he really likes San Antonio. The $1,500 scholarship prize that he will be getting for being the 2016 Nueces County Record Star NCJLS Essay Contest winner will help out with his college expenses. The scholarship was sponsored by Mike Shaw Toyota.

According to Renn, he has not given as much thought to what to do beyond college. He'd like to stay around San Antonio but will also consider moving to where he can find the best opportunity for employment as an engineer. He did mention that he'd like to be able to take some business trips that involve his love of golf.

Getting back to the present competition, he said, “I have many good memories of previous years and know that no matter what, I will always be grateful for the lessons that I've learned, the friends that I've gained and the memories that I've made here.”